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clarawara’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 15 Dec 2005

Location: Saigon, Vietnam

MapToday we decided to walk around Saigon and visit the various\ tourist
sites. i wanted to hire mopeds but it was raining and everyone else
thought it would be a bit risky
I visited the Independence Palace which was the former headquarters of
the government in southern Vietnam. It is trapped somewhere in the
1960's with all of the decor remaining unchanged since the south was
liberated.
Then it was off to the war museum, which along with the downed US
planes and abandoned tanks also had an amazing gallery of pictures.
Some of them were a bit gruesome but then again it was a very gruesome
war. It also had some unexploded bombs of various designs, with the
largest being about the size of an elephant and with the ability to
destroy everything within a 100 metre radius. Looking at these bombs
and planes it was hard to understand how the Americans with their
giant bombs and planes lost to a peasant army